The legendary Dionne Warwick will be honored at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival. The Grammy Award-winner and activist will be honored on the Sept. 18.
Bell Media Studios will produce the show. Tyrone Edwards and Chloe Wilde of ETALK will return as hosts.
During TIFF, Dave Wooley and David Heilbroner’s documentary Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over, will have its World Premiere
Per the press release, “Don’t Make Me Over is an inspiring documentary portrait that chronicles the iconic singer’s fascinating six-decade career in both music and Black and LGBTQ activism.”
“We are excited to be announcing a music industry icon, alongside an exceptional emerging talent,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director and Co-Head, TIFF. “A legend in her own right, Dionne Warwick has been charting firsts her entire career, a six-decade hitmaker with boundless talent, and a tireless activist for LGBTQ+ rights, and Danis Goulet is a visionary filmmaker, using film as a powerful vehicle for Indigenous storytelling and social change.”
“We are thrilled to celebrate Dionne Warwick’s extraordinary career and contributions with the Special Tribute Award and feature her inspiring and incredible story in the TIFF World Premiere of her documentary Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over,” added Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director and Co-Head, TIFF. “As an alumna of TIFF, we’re proud of Danis Goulet’s work and her film Night Raiders that she wrote and directed, staying true to her authentic voice and her passion for storytelling. She has an exciting future ahead and is paving a path for a new generation of filmmakers.”
Warwick joins a list of recently announced TIFF honorees. The TIFF Tribute Awards honors actors/actresses whose work extends beyond film.